Ukimodo Shrine at Katada (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 堅田浮御堂 木版画 大正7年 (Primary Title)
Snowfall over Ukimodo Shrine at Katada (Donor's Title)

Ito Shinsui 伊東深水, Japanese, 1898 - 1972 (Artist)
Published by, Watanabe Shōzaburō 渡邊庄三郎, Japanese, 1885 - 1962 (Publisher)

Woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Overall: 12 1/2 × 8 3/4 in. (31.75 × 22.23 cm)
Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
Not on view

Known as the “floating temple,” Ukimodo is a humble Buddhist hall standing on wooden supports over Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. It was first constructed as part of Mangetsuji, a Zen Buddhist temple, during the Heian period (794–1185). Here, Shinsui depicts an evening scene of Ukimodo, connected by a bridge from the shore, with a snow-capped pine tree on the bank and reeds in the frozen water. The falling snowflakes convey a sense of tranquility and mystery. This site is known for the often-depicted scene of “descending geese at Katada,” a poetic theme that was adopted by many artists in paintings and prints.

Shin-hanga 新版画
12/200 (摺刷二百枚限之內 第十二番)
Taisho period (1912-1926)
深水 Shinsui
Publisher's seal on verso
近江八景の内 堅田浮御堂 大正七年五月 (Eight Views of Omi, the Ukimodo at Katada, Taisho 7, 5th month)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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